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Why Meditation Should Start Your Day

By Genevieve Cunningham

For some people, meditation sounds a bit hippie. I get it. But the truth is that meditation brings some powerful benefits to your mind and body. It’s so much more than sitting cross-legged on the floor, chanting some words that you can barely pronounce. It’s actually a lot more than that if you’re willing to give it a chance. If you’re still a skeptic, check out these benefits that may come into your life by starting every day with some simple meditation.

Sweet, Sweet Stress Relief

Stress is such a huge problem in our lives. It can cause all sorts of ailments in the body. Irritability, trouble concentrating, high blood pressure, heart problems, and so much more can come about all because of too much stress. Meditation allows your body and mind to be still … to be quiet. It forces it to be silent, to stop all of the thoughts and worries that are constantly swirling. Starting your day with a quiet mind has been proven to slow the constant stress for the remainder of the day as well.

Emotional Control

People don’t focus on the power of emotional control nearly enough. Our emotions can make or break us. When they are out of sorts, they consume our bodies and minds and make us miserable. When we learn to control our own feelings, we begin to have a say over how we feel and act. It’s a much calmer way of living. Meditation allows us to feel our emotions without overreaction. It teaches self-discipline which can help us in our quest to be emotionally stable and mentally well.

Better Moods

If you’re one who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed often, meditation may be just what you need. It allows you to even out your moods and feel at peace even before your day has started. Those who practice meditation regularly report more even moods, far fewer mood swings, and a better sense of personal well-being day in and day out.

If you haven’t tried meditation yet, don’t go into it with too many expectations. It might look easy, but it’s actually incredibly difficult. Be patient with yourself and start slowly.  It might take a while to truly get the practice manageable. Once you get the hang of it, you may find some wonderful benefits come into your life and keep you feeling your best all day long.

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